With Liverpool struggling for consistent results, Welsh club Swansea could well be worth a flutter when they visit Anfield on Sunday
|By PAUL GOUGH
English Premier League surprises Swansea City are fantastic value to inflict yet more misery on former manager Brendan Rodgers and his new club – fading giants Liverpool – in the pick of the Sunday action in England.
Liverpool's home clash with Swansea on Sunday is the only Premier League game being played this weekend due to FA Cup action, which also continues on Sunday with big guns Manchester City and Chelsea in action against lower-league opposition.
It is Liverpool's clash against Swansea which is the standout game of the day, in a match brought forward by a week due to Swansea's involvement in next weekend's League Cup final against Bradford.
It must give fans of the battling Welsh club untold pleasure to see their team not only on the verge of their first major trophy in their history but sitting in seventh position; one point and two places better off than the club who poached their manager in Liverpool.
But with the Reds at home in this one - and with many experts believing Swansea will take a cautious approach to this game, with the biggest match in the club's history just a week away - they are red-hot favourites at $1.65 at Betfair and even shorter paying $1.57 at sportsbet.com.au.
Swansea look unbelievable value in this game at odds of $6 at sportsbet.com.au and $6.40 with Betfair, and have lost just one game since beating Chelsea over two legs to reach the League Cup final.
Liverpool, in contrast, are now winless in their past five matches so hardly deserve to be odds-on favourites - even at home - in this one.
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There is not much value to be had in the FA Cup on Sunday with the possible exception of the clash between Championship side Huddersfield and Wigan.
In the other two games, reigning FA Cup holders Chelsea and 2011 winners Manchester City are both at very short odds to beat League One side Brentford and mid-table Championship side Leeds respectively.
Chelsea's clash against Brentford is a fourth-round replay after the Bees nearly upstaged their more illustrious London rivals in the first game, before the Blues came away with a 2-2 draw thanks to a late equaliser from Fernando Torres.
But back at Stamford Bridge and with their confidence restored following their 4-1 league win over Wigan and a 1-0 win away to Sparta Prague in the Europa League on Thursday, Chelsea are the prohibitive $1.16 favourites with Betfair, with Brentford at $19.
And City, despite their run of three matches without a win which has seen them slip 12 points behind Manchester United in the race for the league title, are almost as short at $1.17 with Centrebet and $1.20 at Betfair to beat Leeds.
Leeds, who sit a modest 11th in the Championship but did knock out high-flying Tottenham in the previous round, are being given little chance of winning at odds of $17 at Betfair of gaining a replay back at Elland Road, with the odds of a draw on Sunday priced at $8.40.
* Note prices subject to change